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Juneteenth at Oakland Cemetery

June 18 @ 8:00 am - June 30 @ 7:00 pm

Juneteenth National Independence Day, celebrated on June 19, is a federal holiday that commemorates the end of enslavement in the United States. Celebrate Juneteenth at Oakland Cemetery with two weeks of free programs open and available to the public!

Join us for these free programs from June 18 through June 30:

We Shall Overcome Walking Tour

“We Shall Overcome” became the anthem of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, but the origin of the song dates back to antebellum days and a spiritual sung by enslaved people, “No More Auction Block for Me.” This tour explores the lives and accomplishments of outstanding and ordinary African Americans who fought to overcome the effects of slavery and discrimination to help shape the history of Atlanta. Tour is offered June 19 (10:00 am), June 21 (10:00 a.m.), June 23 (10:00 a.m.), June 26 (10:00), and June 30 (10:00 a.m.). Reservation required. FULL

Black Magnolias Guided Walking Tour

This guided walking tour explores the history, lives, and labors of Atlanta’s African American women. Tour is offered June 19 (6:00 p.m.), June 21 (6:00 p.m.), and June 26 (6:00 p.m.). Reservation required. FULL

Storytelling Hour

Join storyteller Deborah Strahorn for an hour of interactive tales and music at Oakland. Recommended for ages 5-12. Meet in North Public Grounds. Picnic blankets are encouraged! Storytelling is offered Wednesday, June 22 (10:00 a.m.) and Tuesday, June 28 (10:00 a.m.). No reservations required.

Storytime with LaDoris Bias-Davis

Join storyteller LaDoris Bias-Davis and Oakland staff on June 18 at 9:30 a.m. for an hour of stories at Oakland. Participating children receive a free book!

In partnership with GEEARS: The Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, Historic Oakland Foundation is taking part in the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club on Saturday, June 18! Join storyteller LaDoris Bias-Davis for a reading of Atlanta, My Home, a surprise activity, and a mini-tour to explore the sights and symbols of Oakland Cemetery! This hour-long program is perfect for children ages 3-5. This program is free and open to the public. Registered kids will receive a free copy of Atlanta, My Home. To ensure that each child receives a book, we are limiting spaces to 25 children. Advanced registration is required. 

Picnic in the Park

Join us for a morning of free, self-guided family fun at Oakland Cemetery! From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on June 25, we’ll pass out activity bags to participating families at Oakland’s main gate! The bags will be packed full of coloring books, art supplies, mini-scavenger hunts, and other fun. One bag per family while supplies last.

Explore Oakland and find a shady spot to create art. We’ll be handing out sweet cold treats, but we encourage families to pack a picnic—just like the Victorians—for their visit to Oakland. No reservations required.

Not all areas of Historic Oakland Cemetery are wheelchair or stroller accessible. The main entrance is paved with cobblestones, and both the East Gate and Memorial Drive Gate entrances have either a step or curb.

Complimentary parking is available in the gravel lot outside of the Main Gate at the corner of MLK Jr. Dr. and Oakland Ave. This parking lot is not monitored. You can find a map here:

Visitors Center
Drinks and snacks are available for purchase in the Visitors Center, located in the parking lot.

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It’s Civic Season

Oakland’s Juneteenth celebration is part of the Civic Season, a nationwide initiative encouraging civic participation through a two-week activation between Juneteenth and July 4th. Juneteenth reminds us of the immense hurdles in our ongoing journey to form a “more perfect union.” July 4th commemorates the moment a new nation was born, based on ideals that each generation since has worked to bring to life: freedom, equality, justice, and opportunity. Civic Season mobilizes us to connect with the past, take action in the present, and shape the future, through activities and events in our neighborhoods, cities, towns, and social spaces. The future is up to us.


June 18 @ 8:00 am
June 30 @ 7:00 pm
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Oakland Cemetery
248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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